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Famous Bearhug Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Bearhug poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous bearhug poems. These examples illustrate what a famous bearhug poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Ondaatje, Michael
then something else, walk slowly round
the corner to my son's room.
He is standing arms outstretched
waiting for a bearhug. Grinning.

Why do I give my emotion an animal's name,
give it that dark squeeze of death?
This is the hug which collects
all his small bones and his warm neck against me.
The thin tough body under the pyjamas
locks to me like a magnet of blood.

How long was he standing there
like that, before I came?...Read more of this...

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